Every single Jennifer Lawrence movie, ranked

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Jennifer Lawrence has been acting for over a decade. Magnolia Pictures/Lionsgate

Lawrence had the leading role in the horror flick “The House at the End of the Street” (2012).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The House at the End of the Street.’ Relativity Media
Critic score: 13%

This horror film tells the story of a divorced woman (Elisabeth Shue) who moves with her daughter (Lawrence) to a rural town that’s haunted by a dark secret.

Critics panned the movie for being “shockingly uneventful” and “poorly timed.”

 

She was Tiff in “Garden Party” (2008).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Garden Party’ Lionsgate
Critic Score: 15%

“Garden Party” follows a group of teenagers in LA whose lives intersect as they’re trying to pursue their dreams. 

The film was ripped apart by critics who felt it was uninteresting and felt too low-budget.

She stars as the titular character in the 1920s period drama “Serena” (2015).
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in ‘Serena.’ Magnolia Pictures
Critic score: 16%

Reuniting after their turn in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Lawrence and Bradley Cooper play newlyweds who start a timber business in North Carolina in the 1920s.

Despite the star power of the leading actors, “Serena” is an “epic clunker” and a “flat-out disaster” according to critics

In the “X-Men” spin-off “Dark Phoenix” (2019), the actress reprises her role as blue-skinned mutant Mystique.
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Jennifer Lawrence appears in the ‘X-Men’ series multiple times. 20th Century Fox
Critic score: 22%

“Dark Phoenix,” the lowest-rated installment in the “X-Men” franchise, is based on a classic story arc in the comic series about mutant Jean Grey.

Although the film has a “refreshing grittiness,” many critics ultimately found it dull and disappointing. 

Lawrence stars opposite Chris Pratt in the sci-fi drama “Passengers” (2016).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Passengers.’ YouTube/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Critic score: 30%

Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) are passengers on a spaceship of colonizers traveling to a distant planet. Awakened from their hibernation pods way ahead of schedule, they must figure out the reason for the pods’ malfunction before it’s too late. 

Some critics praised the movie’s production design and the chemistry between the two leads whereas others pointed out the “absurdity and clichés” of the storytelling, which failed to blend plotlines about deep-space survival and the power of love. 

She plays a girl named Mariana in “The Burning Plain” (2009).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Burning Plain.’ Magnolia Pictures
Critic score: 38%

Through a nonlinear narrative, this drama focuses on the interconnected stories of strangers in Mexico and a southwestern border town in the US.

Many critics found the film to be too serious and too confusing.

Lawrence’s character in “Red Sparrow” (2018) is a Russian ballerina who becomes a spy.
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Red Sparrow.’ 20th Century Fox
Critic score: 45%

Based on the novel of the same name by former CIA officer Jason Matthews, “Red Sparrow” is a thriller about a ballerina-turned-spy named Dominika Egorova (Lawrence).

Despite its promising concoction of “sex, spies, and Russia,” critics said, the movie suffered from clichés and a “confusing script.” 

She plays the mutant Mystique in “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ 20th Century Fox/YouTube
Critic score: 47%

In this “X-Men” sequel, it’s up to Mystique (Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) to assemble a team to fight the titular bad guy, the world’s first mutant.

In their reviews, critics said that the movie had “no spark” and lacked a “compelling villain.” 

 

She stars as the inventor of the Wonder Mop in the biopic “Joy” (2015).
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‘Joy’ is a biopic. 20th Century Fox
Critic score: 60%

Lawrence earned an Oscar nomination and took home a Golden Globe for her portrayal of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who invented the Wonder Mop.

This “modern-day rags-to-riches fairytale” won over most critics, though some weren’t impressed. 

The actress plays a high-school student in “The Beaver” (2011).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Beaver.’ Anonymous Content
Critic score: 62%

Directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, “The Beaver” is a drama about a depressed toy company executive (Mel Gibson) who works his way toward recovery by communicating with a beaver hand puppet.

Some reviewers thought the film was too dark, but many critics praised the cast’s performances. 

One of Lawrence’s earliest roles was in the “The Poker House” (2008).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Poker House.’ Phase 43 Films
Critic score: 63%

“The Poker House” centers around a teen named Agnes (Lawrence) who raises her two younger sisters at their mother’s brothel. Set in the 1970s, the movie was inspired by director Lori Petty’s own life. 

It received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the personal subject matter and the cast’s acting chops, but others were put off by the autobiographical focus and the pacing, which one critic called “languid to the point of meandering.”  

She stars in “Mother!” (2017) as the title character.
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Mother!’ Paramount Pictures
Critic score: 68%

In this psychological horror film starring Lawrence and Javier Bardem, uninvited guests disrupt a couple’s peaceful life.

The critics’ consensus is that “Mother!” is an “all-out assault on your senses” that’s “full of vapid characters and overwrought imagery.” 

Lawrence stars as an arrow-slinging heroine in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (2014).
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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is based on a book. Lionsgate
Critic score: 68%

The penultimate “Hunger Games” movie, adapted from the third book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling dystopian trilogy, takes place in the subterranean District 13, where Katniss (Lawrence) must cooperate with President Coin (Julianne Moore) to save her friend Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and the nation of Panem as a whole. 

Some reviewers criticized the filmmakers’ decision to split “Mockingjay” into two parts. On the whole, critics lauded the film as “solid” and “thought-provoking.” 

 

In “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015), Lawrence appears as Katniss for the last time.
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This is the final film in the series. Lionsgate
Critic score: 69%

In the final installment of the “Hunger Games” film franchise, the conflict between the District 13 rebels and the Capitol’s oppressive leaders comes to a head.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus among critics ranges from “too somber to be much fun” to “complex and chock full of action.” 

She plays a supporting role in the romantic drama “Like Crazy” (2011).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Like Crazy.’ Paramount Pictures
Critic score: 72%

Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones star in this emotional movie about a British woman who falls in love with an American and overstays her student visa.

Most critics enjoyed “Like Crazy,” and felt it was deeply moving and well-executed. 

 

In “The Hunger Games” (2012), Lawrence brings Katniss to life on the big screen for the first time.
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games.’ Courtesy of Lionsgate
Critic score: 84%

Lawrence first brought Katniss to life on the big screen in “The Hunger Games.” The movie charts the heroine’s journey from her home in District 12 to the cut-throat arena of the eponymous competition. 

In their reviews, critics highlighted Lawrence’s performance and the film’s “remarkably swift” pacing. 

The prequel “X-Men: First Class” (2011) marks Lawrence’s debut as Mystique.
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘X-Men: First Class.’ 20th Century Fox
Critic score: 86%

Diving into the origins of the “X-Men” saga, “First Class” examines how and why Professor X (McAvoy) trained a group of mutant superheroes.

Most critics were won over by this movie, which they felt was well-written. 

Lawrence returns as Katniss in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013).
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Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘Catching Fire.’ Lionsgate
Critic score: 90%

“Catching Fire,” the highest-rated “Hunger Games” movie, is based on the second book in the series. Competing in the Quarter Quell, a deadly competition pitting previous Hunger Games victors against each other, Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) form alliances with other competitors in the fight for survival. 

The movie’s all-star cast and “kick of confidence” made it a hit with critics, who praised Lawrence’s performance in particular. 

As Mystique, Lawrence helps change history in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014).
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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ 20th Century Fox
Critic score: 90%

In order to change history and save the world, the mutants in “Days of Future Past” must partner with their younger selves.

This “dazzling and intimate” installment in the franchise is the best-reviewed “X-Men” movie on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Lawrence plays a young widow in “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).
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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is about more than a dance competition. The Weinstein Company
Critic score: 92%

When Pat (Cooper), a man with bipolar disorder, meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a young widow dealing with her own mental-health issues, the two help each other out and enter a dance competition. The romantic dramedy was adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel

Lawrence won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance in the movie, which critics called “a crazy beaut of a comedy.”

In “American Hustle” (2013), she portrays a con man’s wife.
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle.’ Francois Duhamel / Sony, Columbia Pictures
Critic score: 92%

Based on a real FBI sting operation that took place in the 1970s and 1980s, “American Hustle” is a dark comedy about con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) who are blackmailed into helping an agent (Cooper) with a New Jersey sting operation.

Lawrence, who plays the wife of Bale’s character, won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in this film. 

The critics’ consensus is that this movie is fun and ambitious. 

She plays an Ozark teen in “Winter’s Bone” (2010).
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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Winter’s Bone.’ Roadside Attractions
Critic score: 94%

Ree Dolly (Lawrence), a resilient teen in the Ozarks of Mississippi, must track down her absent father before her family’s home is repossessed.

Adapted from the novel of the same name, “Winter’s Bone” put Lawrence on the map as a talent to watch. She was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance.

Filled with “unironic dignity,” this is a “tough, unflinching, and fascinating” movie, according to critics

Lawrence narrates the documentary “A Beautiful Planet” (2016).
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Jennifer Lawrence’s name is prominently featured on the movie poster. IMAX
Critic score: 100%

Featuring footage taken by astronauts on the International Space Station, this documentary illustrates the relationship between Earth and humanity. 

With a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, this film was called “soul-filling” and “the best kind of spectacle” by critics.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

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